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Funds being raised to fix Veterans Wall of Honor

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Eatonton residents start GoFundMe

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    Jonathan Daniel stands in front of the main wall at the Veteran’s Wall of Honor Park. CONTRIBUTED
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    The main wall shows signs of wear and tear from years of enduring Georgia weather. SHELBY LAWRENCE/S t a ff
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    Shannon Daniel and Jonathan Daniel in front of a memorial at the Veteran’s Wall of Honor Park on Memorial Day SHELBY LAWRENCE/S t a ff

Shannon Daniel and her son, Jonathan Daniel, recently created a GoFundMe for the wall at the Veteran’s Wall of Honor Park.

The park, located in the heart of Eatonton, began construction in 2013 and finished in 2020. The main wall was started at the beginning of the project, and has weathered the Georgia climate in the eight years since.

According to the GoFundMe page: “Over the years, the weather has faded and peeled paint. Erosion has impacted the integrity of the main wall structure, and damage to the substrate material has caused the wall to crack and crumble. Restoration will include replacement of substrate material, installation of new bronze lettering, and military crest replacement.”

Both Shannon and Jonathan Daniel were inspired to start the GoFundMe after a walk in the park. They noticed the cracking and erosion and called VFW Quartermaster, Jim Willis, to ask how they could help.

After a conversation with Willis, who was heavily involved in building the park, the Daniels decided a GoFundMe was likely the quickest way to raise money.

“Veterans and people in our community, they’re so giving,” Shannon Daniel said. “I always feel like veterans are a hot topic. I think people are willing to give, I just don’t think they know about it.”

Jonathan Daniel’s grandfather, James Emmett Daniel, fought in the Korean War, and his name is listed on the memorial. Jonathan Daniel has also been commissioned as a second lieutenant in the army.

The GoFundMe was started on May 28 and has a goal of $20,000. As of publication date, $1,090 has already been donated.

According to the page, excess funds will go towards updating and maintaining the park’s landscape.

The GoFundMe can be found at https://gofund.me/d4d787ac.